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The Research Chefs Association is a diverse, collaborative, and engaged collection of professionals dedicated to elevating food product development. Our membership includes chefs, food scientists, R&D professionals, and others involved with the product development and innovation. We also have a strong membership with professionals who support product development, such as marketers, researchers, and consultants.

Joining RCA gives you access to this network of professionals, as well as unique opportunities to expand and develop your career for greater success.

We have a special, limited-time offer for new members, good through January 31, 2022 – scroll down for information!

How an RCA Membership Works

The RCA membership term begins on July 1 of every year, and expires on June 30 of the following year. You receive a renewal notice from RCA headquarters in May of each year reminding you to renew for the upcoming year. You can purchase a one-year or two-year membership at that time.

Individuals who join between May 1 and September 30 receive a membership for that current year, expiring on June 30 of the following year. If you join after September 30, you have the option to purchase an 18-month membership.

You may also add an RCA membership when you register for our Annual Conference.

Unfortunately, RCA does not offer pro-rated memberships at this time.

SPECIAL OFFER! Receive an 18-month membership for the 12-month price!

Ready to join RCA? We have a deal for you! Join now, and we’ll give you our 18-month membership (a $330 value for most membership types) for our 12-month price of $220 (for most membership types). That’s a discount of $110 versus our regular price.

Here’s how the savings work:

  • Chef, Foodscience & Technology, Culinology, Affiliate Membership: $110 off our regular $330 18-month membership. Your price: $220. Use discount code RCAoffer1 at check-out.
  • Associate Membership: $265 off our regular $795 18-month membership. Your price: $530. Use discount code RCAoffer2 at check-out.

This offer is valid through January 31, 2022.

Click here to take advantage of this limited-time offer.

How Do I Join?

Applying for membership is a quick, online process. Simply click here, and follow the instructions to create a new account and join the association.  There are several membership categories, each with corresponding dues rates. If needed, you may also join by contacting RCA Headquarters

Who Belongs in RCA?

Chefs

Research chefs, corporate executive chefs, independent chefs, pastry chefs, hotel chefs, R&D and test kitchen chefs, product development chefs, innovation directors, food and beverage directors, caterers, manufacturers, and consultants.

Food Science Professionals

Food scientists, technologists, research specialists, chemists, consultants, flavorists, manufacturers, directors of operations, lab technicians, product development managers, nutritionists, dietitians Educators & Students Deans, administrators, professors, instructors, and students of culinary arts, food science, and Culinology® programs.

Educators & Students

Deans, administrators, professors, instructors, and students of culinary arts, food, science, and Culinology® programs.

Business Professionals

Sales, marketing, and distribution professionals.

Media

Publishers, editors, authors, researchers, and public relations professionals

Questions?

Contact RCA Headquarters.